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Spain – The New Frontier?

An Overview Part I Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri and Compañía de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez (Rioja and others) While Spain may be one of the oldest winemaking countries in the world, it seems that only in the last few years are the Spaniards starting to... (more...)

Sherry Wine Part II

Maturation of Sherry The Solera System At the heart of the blending and maturing of Sherry wines is the Solera system that allows for constant production and a consistent style to be achieved by a Sherry producer. The Solera System and the Bodega…... (more...)

Sherry Wine Part I

Sherry Wine Part I Sherry Wine Part I Sherry might just be one of the most misunderstood and least respected wines in the entirety of the wine world.  Massively popular in decades and centuries past, Sherry fell out... (more...)

Esporao: The Gentle Ecological & Viticultural Giant

Esporao   Reguengos de Monsaraz Alentejo, Portugal   Vineyards and the estuary at Herdade Esporao      Our last appointment of the day was deep in the far southeastern section of the Alentejo region at the enormous Herdade Esporao. We were... (more...)

Quinta Vale Dona Maria & Lemos Van Zeller

A Drive Through The Torto River Valley  Douro Valley  Portugal   Arriving at the front gate of Quinta Vale D. Maria As we rode the twisting and winding road through the Torto River Valley to our next Quinta, the narrow and mostly guard... (more...)

Gigondas

Grenache Purity  Gigondas: The Grand Tasting New York City, November 18, 2013 The Dentelles de Montmirail peaks that tower over the Gigondas region. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend a tasting of Gigondas... (more...)

Wine & Soul

  Wine & Soul Pinhao Valley, Cima Corgo Douro Valley, Portugal September 2, 2013   Sandra Tavares da Silva, winemaker and vineyard caretaker of Pintas at Wine & Soul Wine & Soul was our first Quinta visit the morning after... (more...)

Quinta do Crasto

  Quinta do Crasto Pinhao, Cima Corgo Douro Valley, Portugal   Quinta do Crasto estate hilltop Nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley, Quinta do Crasto sits high on the crest of a hilltop with beautiful terroir that overlooks the... (more...)

Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman

  Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman Porto, Portugal    LBV tank at Taylor’s Port Lodge. Taylor Fladgate Yeatman, more commonly known as “Taylor Fladgate” or “Taylor’s” has a long and storied history of being one of the premier... (more...)

Discovering Portugal – An Overview

  Discovering Portugal  An Overview September 2013    Lisa & I standing above the Pintas vineyard overlooking one of the best site in the Douro Valley   Earlier this month we made our most recent trip to Europe. Our destination... (more...)

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